This Day In Wrestling History – September 14th

Sep 14, 2016 - by Bill Fenbers

1937 – The National Wrestling Association awards it’s World Heavyweight Championship to John Pesek.  Pesek was the only contender willing to post the $1,000 bond, required by the reigning champion, moving forward.  The previous champion, Everett Marshall, had refused to pay the bond. (Of note, $1,000 in 1937 equals $16,895 in 2016).

1976 – Tommy Rich defeats Jerry Lawler, to win the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Mid-America Version).  Also Tojo Yamamoto and Bill Dundee defeat Dennis Condrey and Phil Hickerson, to win the NWA Mid-Southern Tag Team Championship.

1979 – Jim Brunzell defeats Ken Patera, to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship.

1981 – Jimmy Valiant defeats The Dream Machine, to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship.  Also, Ricky and Robert Gibson defeat The Heartbreakers (Joey Cagle and Rocky Sortor), to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship.

1987 – The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags) defeat The Rock ‘n’ Roll RPMs (Mike Davis and Tommy Lane), to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship. Also, Jeff Jarrett defeats Carl Fergie, to win the CWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship.

1996 – Pat and C.W. Anderson defeat Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers, to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

1997 – WCW Fall Brawl 1997:  War Games is held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in front of 11,939 fans.

-Eddy Guerrero defeats Chris Jericho, to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.

-In a tag team match, The Steiner Brothers defeat Harlem Heat.

-Alex Wright defeats Ultimo Dragon, to retain the WCW World Television Championship.

-Jeff Jarrett defeats Dean Malenko.

-In a tag team match, Wrath and Mortis defeat The Faces of Fear (Meng and The Barbarian).

-The Giant defeats Scott Norton.

-In a tag team No Disqualification Match, Diamond Dallas Page and Lex Luger defeat Randy Savage and Scott Hall.

-In the WarGames match, the nWo (Buff Bagwell, Syxx, Kevin Nash, and Konnan) defeat The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Curt Hennig, Steve McMichael, and Chris Benoit).  Hennig had turned on The Horsemen at the beginning of the match and sided with nWo.  Benoit and McMichael were handcuffed to the steel cage while Ric Flair was assaulted by the nWo.  The Horsemen surrendered when Nash threatened to slam Flair’s head into the cage structure with the door.  Despite surrendering, Hennig hits Flair in the head with the cage door anyway.

1998 – In the Monday Night Wars, WCW Monday Nitro (4.5 TV rating) defeats WWE RAW IS WAR (4.0 rating).  It was on this night that The Four Horsemen, one year after the Fall Brawl match vs the nWo, reunited on Nitro.  The Horsemen at the time were Dean Malenko, Steve McMichael, Chris Benoit, and a returning Ric Flair.  Flair had been off television since skipping a taping of WCW “Thunder” five months earlier, and being sued by Eric Bischoff.  On the same episode of Nitro, Billy Kidman defeats Juventud Guerrara, to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.

2008 – Bryan Danielson defeats Yoshinobu Kanemaru, to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship.

2008 – TNA No Surrender is held in Oshawa, Ontario Canada, in front of 3,500 fans.  It is the first TNA pay-per-view to be held outside the United States.

-In a six-person inter gender tag team match, The Prince Justice Brotherhood (Curry Man, Shark Boy, and Super Eric) defeat The Rock ‘n’ Rave Infection (Christy Hemme, Jimmy Rave, and Lance Rock).

-Awesome Kong defeats ODB in a Knockouts’ Division Falls Count Anywhere Match.

-In a tag team match, Abyss and Matt Morgan defeat Team 3D (Brother Devon and Brother Ray).

-Sheik Abdul Bashir defeats Petey Williams and Consequences Creed, to win the TNA X Division Championship in a three-way match.

-Taylor Wilde retains the Knockouts’ Championship, defeating Angelina Love.

-Sonjay Dutt defeats Jay Lethal, in a Ladder of Love Match.  At stake was an engagement ring to give to SoCal Val.

-A.J. Styles and Frank Trigg fight to a no-contest in a Mixed Martial Arts Match.

-In a Three Ways to Glory Match, Samoa Joe defeats Christian Cage and Kurt Angle, to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

2011 – In Ohio Valley Wrestling, Adam Revolver defeats Paredyse, to win the OVW Television Championship.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:  Two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Satoshi Kojima (46 years old today).

SOURCES:  Google, Wikipedia, Cage Side Seats,

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